msjorje: (sasha)
We haven't been working much on EC for a while. I think it paused back when I had my knee surgery. I've tried once every couple of months, but Sasha hasn't been interested and I won't press the issue.

Then about a month ago, she wanted her potty of the shelf. (She used to go in her potty, in the big potty, in the sink, in the parking lot, wherever I held her and made the cue sound.) I got it down and tried it, but she just wanted to play with it. No pressure.

Sometimes she sits on it, sometimes she sets a stuffed animal on it. She likes to put stuff in it and she really likes to stand in it. The thought struck me recently a few minutes after she woke that I should give her a shot. (The timing in the morning is easiest to catch, but there is definitely a special timing to it.)

I sat her on the potty and she went! That has happened a few times lately with occasional catches during mid-day as well. I'm pleased to see progress again. I'd love to get back to her sleeping with no diaper. She has hardly ever had diaper rash.
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The other night in the bath, Sasha started signing something. It took me a few tries to figure it out... she was signing TRAIN where I referred to the DRAIN. So now I've learned the sign for drain, but we haven't had an occasion to teach it to her yet.

She also tried raisins again and can now manage to chew them. So I researched and taught her the sign for RAISIN.
msjorje: (sasha)
I stole this idea from Crunchy VT Mommy, who stole the idea from someone else. I'll compare Sasha's milestones to those listed on Sasha is 15½ months old.

    Mastered Skills (most kids can do)
  • Plays with ball - Sasha will roll a ball back and forth with a person, but prefers to throw them and giggle.
  • Uses three words regularly - Sasha says Bye Bye, Hi, and occasionally Momma. She says other words that only we understand, like making a B sound for bite.
  • Walks backward - while she hasn't done this lately, I have seen her do it. It just makes me nervous.

    Emerging Skills (half of kids can do)
  • Scribbles with a crayon - Sasha has only been given the opportunity once. Don't I feel like a bad mommy. She can do this, though.
  • Runs - she loves to play "get you" these days and will certainly squeal and run away!
  • Adopts "no" as his favorite word - Sasha doesn't say "no," but I do not see this as a bad thing. The reason she doesn't say it is because it is not something we say to her very often. Even if we are telling her not to do something, we don't say "no" a lot.

    Advanced Skills (a few kids can do)
  • "Helps" around the house - she does like to help put ingredients into a pan or bowl and she will help put toys into the toy box. She has loved putting things into the garbage for months and months! So... I guess this counts.
  • Puts his fingers to his mouth and says "shhh" - Again, I don't shush her very much at all. She has mimicked the "sh" sound, but this is just not something we do much, so I don't expect it from her.
msjorje: (sasha)
I don't know if I posted here when Sasha's tooth #5 made its appearance. She has the two front top, two front bottom. Then she got the top left. We figured the top right would be next. Nope. Today I noticed her bottom right. It looks as though it probably cut through a couple of days ago. She has been chewing on her fingers and drooling more lately, so that makes sense. She'll have a mouth full before we know it.
msjorje: (sasha)
We believe Sasha's first word is hi. Honestly, it is probably the word we say to her the most. She says it clear as day and at appropriate times.

The other night she started signing where! I had shown her how, but we hadn't really worked on it and she didn't seem interested. She was hiding something in the cabinet. She'd sign it, then open the cabinet. Close it, then sign again.

Sasha warmed up to family members much quicker than usual at our Thanksgiving gathering.

She can almost climb into my rocking chair on her own. She climbs on the couch all the time and tries to get stuff from the end table. She is getting into EVERYthing these days!

Little ChefOur Little Chef
msjorje: (sasha)
Elimination Communication
I still feel that our break for my knee pain / surgery had an ill effect on our EC relationship. Still, I've been putting forth more effort. Plus Sasha is starting to climb out of bed on her own in the morning. The other day she sat up, gave me a kiss, then headed out of bed. I, of course, followed her, but not before she wandered down the hall to see Daddy.

I've got the timing down pretty well now, how long to wait from when she wakes up until I take her to the toilet. Then, on a good day, I've also got the timing to her 2nd toilet trip. She goes about 5-10 minutes after waking, then again about 20 minutes later. Then she can go for a couple of hours, especially if we go out. Those first two are easy to catch, though, as are the ones after naps since they work pretty much the same.

Sasha consistently signs for milk and occasionally for cracker. She still uses the sign more but it usually means she wants a drink. Unless we're doing something really fun, then she really means do it more! She was recently fascinated by learning the sign for cat and a little less for dog. But then tonight she brought me a book, put it on the floor, and started signing for dog with both hands! It happened to be a cat, but this particular cat... could totally have been a dog. She loves to sign for cat, too!

Elimination Communication and Signing
It occurred to me today that I should work on signing for potty when I take her again. Admittedly, she sometimes has her eyes closed when we head into the bathroom. Perhaps if I could get her signing it, she would start letting me know when she needs to go! I couldn't tell you the last time I caught a poop! I always know when she has started, but it is too late then, basically.

I'd like to use finished more often in relation to the potty, but I hold her over the toilet with both hands, so it just isn't feasible. She still loves to follow Mommy and Daddy into the bathroom.
msjorje: (sasha)
As I said last week, I've started signing help when I offer to help Sasha. However, I also happened to start signing for cracker. Well she took off with that one! She signs for cracker and walks to the kitchen. She loves her organic Sesame Street crackers.

Last night at my Dad's, I mentioned her signing. Dad asked if I was trying to raise her to be a mute. Ugh. I said no and left it at that. Not much point in arguing. My mom, on the other hand, was impressed today and even gave us some different kind of crackers that Sasha likes.

Honestly, cracker has been coming up more often than help. I need to work on that. And maybe choose another word to throw into the mix. She is consistently signing for milk when she wants it. Though she rarely signs on her own chest, she signs on mine. I try to give her whatever it is she is requesting with signs to reinforce that I understand her. And I always say the word with the sign.

Oh, I've started signing water more consistently lately, too.

As an aside... Sasha managed her way all the way up the stairs at Dad's place! I just followed closely behind, I didn't help at all! She needed lots of help back down, but she enjoyed going up them. Then we came home and she promptly climbed onto the couch with no pillow for a boost! Greaaat. More baby-proofing to do.


Oct. 18th, 2010 11:30 pm
msjorje: (sasha)
Sasha signs "more" when she wants a drink of water because I've often asked her if she wants "more" water. I also ask her if she wants "more" playing when I'm tossing her around on the couch.

She signs with my hands when she wants milk (tapping my hand to my chest). She also taps my chest or uses my hand to do it when she is having milk.

She kind of signs finished when asked if she is finished (with signing). This is one sign Daddy is good about using with her.

I've chosen my next sign I want to use for her: Help.
msjorje: (tulsa)
Does anyone know which Tulsa area parks have baby swings? Florence park does NOT. We found some at Highland park. Any other suggestions? I live on the EAST side of town, so closer would be better, but it sure would be nice information to have for anywhere in town. Then I could plan park stops in among my errands anytime.

Cross-posted to [ profile] tulsatime
msjorje: (sasha)
Sasha has recently picked up the sign for <breast>milk. She also handed me the Boppy cushion the other day when she wanted to nurse!

I have wanted Sasha to learn to blow since we got into swim lessons last Spring. Daddy & I have worked with her on it from time to time with no success. She was puffing today so Daddy worked with her on it and even got her to do it on command when I got home from work! I am so thrilled! I'm ready to get her back into a pool to try out blowing bubbles in the water now! I also want to get my bubble stuff out and see if I can get her to blow that kind of bubbles!

She does this cute little stomping / walking in place thing these days. It looks like a little dance, so Daddy moves his arms like he is dancing. So today she added that to her routine! It is (of course) SO adorable!
msjorje: (eyeliner)
Hey Byn - how'd we wind up on the same schedule? ;-)

I can usually spot PMS with this scenario:

I'm driving from Point A to Point B. Touching and/or sad country song comes on the radio. I get all teary eyed as I sing along with it.

This is my most common identifiable PMS symptom. I just get... emotional.

Well I didn't really get any PMS this month, I don't think, other than maybe some fatigue. (Hard to tell since I've still been inconsistent with my vitamins.) However, today I had several times when I would look at Sasha and just get all verklempt! I am so happy with my family!
msjorje: (sasha)
With my knee troubles and then my surgery, my trips taking Sasha to the potty really waned. It came down almost to just first-thing-in-the-morning trips. Since she has gotten SO mobile, she doesn't much care for sitting on the BBLP most of the time, but she will still go there if Daddy is on the toilet.

My knee is improving every day, so I'm starting to take her more often again. Or at least working on it. I still hold her over the toilet with her back to me, most of the time. I recently set her front-ways on the toilet and she did great that way. However, the 3rd time we did that, she pulled one foot back and it wound up in the toilet. I kind of jumped and she was startled and upset. I got her sock off and got her dry. When I held her over the toilet again (the usual way), she finished peeing.

I also held her over a sink recently and she will still go that way, too. It has more to do with position than anything, but I do still give her the verbal cue as well, "pss pss pss."

I'm really glad I'm getting back into the habit, but I'll be happier once we are back in the habit.
msjorje: (tulsa)
• I want to make a post about the trends of my period of late, but I haven't had time yet.

• I... already lost track of what all I was going to say here because I have too much going on right now.

• I have baby fever, but don't have another pregnancy in the works / plans just yet.

• I'm spending some time quite worried about finances right now while still recovering from utilities at the old place and dealing with hospital costs from my surgery. Sometimes the light at the end of the tunnel seems like it get further and further away.

• Keeps (off / on) wanting to make more time for socializing, but hasn't yet.

• Misses some things from pre-baby times, but am really happy with parenthood with my husband.

• Would really like to travel to Florida and maybe Denver, but find that we're too "instant gratification" to save up for such things.

• Got Tyler in for her Eye Exam and I feel accomplished for finally getting that done. I still need to get her back in to see a Dentist and get Sasha in for her first Dental visit, too.

• I keep wanting to get back to healthy eating habits, but don't feel like I'm succeeding. That is making it difficult to keep Sasha on healthy foods, too. I do have fresh fruit and vegetables in the house as well as organic snacks for her. I just had Ensure for dinner. Its a little easier to eat healthy when I'm sharing a meal with Sasha.

• I'm trying to stay under the radar at work. So far, so good.

• I haven't spoken to my mother lately and that is bugging me, but I can't seem to find a convenient time to chat on the phone these days.

• I feel like my mother and I are closest when I'm pregnant. I wonder if that is playing into my Baby Fever. I think it has a bit to do with my being an Attention Whore. Being pregnant puts a lot of focus on me so that is one reason I like being pregnant. I do like myself pregnant, though, I appreciate the way it makes healthier choices not even an option but a must. I also want another baby with my husband, in case you were worried that it is all about the pregnancy and none about the end "product."

• I have some concerns about Tyler, but really appreciate the open line of communication Jenny and I are sharing about Tyler right now. I told Jenny years ago that if anything happened to me, she was my choice for a "replacement." Little did we know...

• Still really want to get my photography going again and to have my old camera cleaned. I never did get it done. At least I got a battery charger for it, though!

• I still want to get a decent GPS unit and take up geocache... in my spare time!

• I'm excited that Elmo has taken an interest in tarantulas and we're looking forward to attending The Oklahoma Reptile Expo!

• Sasha is asleep, so I think I'll go drag her to bed while I have the chance!
msjorje: (sasha)
We took Sasha today for her 1 year well baby visit. Her head is now 18 3/4" around. She is 39 3/4" tall. And she now weighs 23 pounds, 5 ounces. And she has lost her patience with medical staff. She has always been pretty laid back about it, but she has outgrown that. In fact, her doctor said that was normal. It makes sense to me when I think about how babies don't realize that they are a separate entity from their mothers for many months. She is her own person now and she didn't want these strangers messing with her!

She is wonderfully healthy, of course! The doctor asked us about communication and eating and mobility. We asked about her vision and squinting - he said we'll keep an eye on it, but not to worry at this point. She really just squints when she seems to think something is going to get too close to her eyes. We asked about scratching during diaper changes. She really is just exploring and grabbing - no cause for concern. I asked about strawberries - doc says it just depends on where you get them. I mentioned organic yogurt and he said that was fine. We also discussed peanut butter and since Tyler was allergic during her baby years, he thought it best to hold off on peanut butter for a while longer. We'll probably go ahead and wait until she is 2 for that, then. I also asked about the skin and nails (mostly skin) on her feet. She has callouses on her big toes and the skin sometimes comes off completely. He suggested using lotion and keeping socks on her. He wasn't concerned by this, either, and said it is most likely just due to how ambulatory she is. She does walk around a LOT!

We actually got into and out of that place in half an hour today! Yay! As for eating, I have become decidedly less psychotic / control freak about her new foods now that she is a year old. I still want her to eat healthy, but I don't feel the need to write each food on the calendar and be so cautious about how often she tries new foods. Oh, and as for her growth rate, she has leveled off. She is still above the normal (remaining in the range), but has curved off the way she is supposed to, so all is well on that front!

And a bonus portrait for good measure:


Sep. 21st, 2010 09:19 pm
msjorje: (sasha)
For all of Sasha's life, I've wondered what (if anything) would become her special item. You know, that thing that she has to have with her everywhere she goes or has to have to sleep or whatever. For Tyler, she slept with her special blanket and her baby doll that I bought for her for her first birthday. For a bit we thought it might be her Taggies Bear from my mom. Then it seemed she might have chosen her Classic Pooh from my brother. She has had both since before she was born! Still, nothing seemed to stick.

Then yesterday we took Sasha to have her portraits taken. The photographer brought out this Furry Fun Chatter Elmo that when you shake it his mouth opens and he giggles or talks. Sasha LOVED it! Daddy had wanted to get her one, but they are for 18+ months, so hadn't yet. She was not giving this sucker up! In fact, Daddy went out into the store to get her one while Sasha and I were still with the photographer. Sasha & Elmo have been practically inseparable ever since. It is a pain when trying to buckle her. It was a little helpful at the doctor, though. More on that later...

So... we may have a winner. It is certainly her favorite toy right now! Daddy tried turning it off today, but Sasha got very upset and was shaking all (4) of her Elmo toys. She was probably confused.

Anyway, here are a couple of my favorites from the portrait sitting:

I so love this one! It is my new phone wallpaper and really... can you believe that smile?! What a happy, happy baby! Only... she isn't a BABY anymore! Sigh.
msjorje: (sasha)
Got up this morning and got ready... We went to breakfast. Then to Target for Portraits! See the new icon? I'll post pics soon. Then to Southern Agriculture to talk to the guy that orders the tarantulas and to get crickets. Then to Walmart for groceries. Home for a bit... Out to get Tyler from school. Took Tyler to have her eye exam and pick out new glasses. Came home for a bit. Then took the girls to Tyler's first GS meeting of the year, mostly to discuss what they want to do this year. Troop is smaller this year, though that isn't really a bad thing. Took Tyler home, then came home to tell Elmo goodnight. Sasha waited up to poop, but I think she is working on sleep now.

Doesn't seem that busy now that I type it out, but it sure seemed that way as I was living it!

I'll have to tell you about the Elmo toy when I post the pics!
msjorje: (sasha)
Once Sasha got up this morning, she got to help Mommy a little in the kitchen. I made French Toast and Scrambled Eggs. Daddy made Sausage. Sasha started with an appetizer of cantaloupe, which she also rubbed on her toes! lol She actually got a glass plate for her own breakfast! She did pretty well with the plate until she was done eating. Daddy gave Sasha her Elmo toy gift from him. She liked it very much and carried it around for a while and several times later in the day as well.

I thought Sasha was ready for a nap after that, but she didn't take her "morning nap" until 1 o'clock. I was making her cupcakes when she went down. I also gave her the Baby Doll gift from me. We wound up with 30 cupcakes! I iced most of them while she was sleeping, but left a couple plain. I also got a shower while she slept. Then she woke up and I took her in for a shower. We had fun playing with the water. Then I let her eat part of a plain cupcake in my lap before getting ready to leave.

Trimmed to an LJ Cut for length, you know how I ramble! )

Overall, a good low-key birthday.
msjorje: (sasha)
I am tickled that she likes to carry her diapers to the trash can. She hands them to me and then when I throw them away we clap.

While I was doing the dishes tonight, Sasha got into the cabinet for a plastic bowl and tried to put it into the dishwasher. I guess her dishes need washed, too. :-)

Sasha has the most beautiful voice.

Here she is, in her toy basket.

I think it is cute how she will put my hand on her or away from her depending on what she wants. "Hold my tummy Mommy." "Get your hand off my Mommy, I have exploring to do."
msjorje: (sasha)
Sasha turns one tomorrow. At this time exactly 1 year ago, I was timing contractions, trying to decide if I was really, really in labor.

Anyway, tomorrow my father will give Sasha chocolate for the first time. I'm hoping it isn't a fight. He gave my other girls regular sized Hershey bars and they turned a bit green. I've bought mini candy bars, but he was saying the other night that he got one of those monster size ones. Forget it! I know I already went off on this tangent, though...

Sasha likes to drink what we're drinking. She doesn't share Daddy's Koolaid because it's sugar water. She shares Mommy's water. Tonight she has been very interested in my glass of milk (from a cow). I know the reason we wait until 1 year for chocolate is so that baby's digestive system can develop enough to handle the proteins in dairy products. She has had the tiniest amounts of cheese cooked into some things, but not much at all. I had researched even that. Suffice to say, I let her try my cow milk tonight. She took several sips and I suspect she would have had more but I finished it so I wouldn't have to fight with her about it. She recently tried goat's milk but didn't seem to like it. I should have tried it in a glass. I think she liked the cow milk. I'm sure she'll like chocolate. I just hope the milk I gave her goes through her well.

I have a loose plan for tomorrow and, most importantly, took the day off. I want to focus on her through most of the day. I need to bake her cupcakes, so that will actually be time away from her. I have to keep her out of the kitchen because the oven door gets too hot. She'll get to have a cupcake! In the afternoon, I'll take her to see Gran, Serena, and Keith. Then a little later we'll go see Grandpa and Grandma. Next weekend we'll have Tyler here and go see Aunt Tricia and her girls.

It has been strange to plan a low-key birthday after the huge ta-doo that was Tyler's first birthday. However, it makes sense because her family is much smaller than Tyler's family. I plan to bake, shower or bathe with her (she loves the water), play lots!... maybe take a walk. She loves to go outside. We'll probably watch Little Shop of Horrors because it is her favorite! Next week we'll get one-year portraits and have her one-year well-baby visit. I think I may have mentioned all that already, though. :-P

I keep thinking of more things I want Sasha to have, but then we do live in a small space. She loves to sit on our Boppy Cushion, but I'd like her to have a little cushy chair of her own. I've been looking at bean bag chairs as an inexpensive option. I hope the *entire* day is low key and stress-free. For all of us!
msjorje: (sasha)
We put Sasha's shoes that my brother bought for her on her one day to walk to the laundromat here in our apartment complex. They fit perfectly and are made for learning to walk. I'm a big proponent of barefootin' as much as possible. She walked ALL the way to the laundromat, except on the grass where she has to be carried or she'll sit down and eat the grass instead. She loved the shoes! We got home and took her shoes off. She soon wanted them back! I put them back on and then she wanted them off again. They are kind of hard to put on, though.

She liked them so much that we found some new shoes for her today. They are a bit easier to put on and SO cute! They are pink and black OP Skate Shoes with Velcro closures. They have a clear window under the toes... which makes it so you can see if they fit or not! How cool is that?! I suck at checking shoes so I like that feature!

She loved having them on in the store. Then a while after we came home she was dragging me to the front door, so I put her shoes on and took her outside to walk around in the sunshine for a few minutes. I'd really like her to get a little time outside every day.

Sasha raises her hands when she wants up (of course). Sometimes she even grunts. The trouble is, hands up and grunting is now her way to say she wants __________. There is often no telling what __________ may be. She does sign "finished" but it is kind of flailing rather than controlled movement. She has signed more a few times. And she occasionally signs for milk on my chest. I chose the sign for breastfeed which is to tap your chest above the breast.

As we near the one-year mark, she is trying more foods. We went out to breakfast this morning. I ordered the usual sliced bananas so that she would have something to eat. Then our food came and I realized that I can stop special ordering for her now. She ate some banana slices, some of my eggs (I picked around the cheese for the most part), sausage, and a little bit of hash browns. She loves to eat what we eat so it is very convenient to feed her from our plates. The trick is to offer healthy choices... so we need to be eating healthy stuff, too!

Mind you, some stuff she sucks on and then drops. Some things she lets sit in her mouth and then spits it out or pulls it out or just lets it fall out of her mouth. Chicken is a perfect example. We had fish for dinner last night and she'll usually get it down, but last night she was spitting it out.

I'm planning for her first cake. I chose classic yellow cake with chocolate frosting. I picked up a muffin pan today and party themed liners. I think a cupcake is a much more appropriate size than the small cakes you get at the store. She will also be trying chocolate for the first time soon. The tradition is for Grandpa to give it, but I've already purchased some mini candy bars. I don't want her to have a full size Hershey's. The older girls looked ill by the time they finished them! They literally looked green. I think Dad may argue against me, but why would you want your child to feel sick? I realize they didn't EAT the entire thing, but they still turned green. Forget it.

So... does chocolate frosting count as chocolate? Because I'm planning out her birthday and if she eats chocolate frosting before she eats chocolate, I won't tell Dad. But then Elmo was surprised I was even going to give her frosting. I could give her a plain cupcake. I'm sure she'd still love it! I gave her a nibble of a couple of chocolate chip cookies today, but without the chips. She enjoyed that, too.

Sasha has an appointment for 1 year portraits and then her 1 year well baby visit with the doctor. Both are about a week away.


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